US launches fresh airstrikes on Afghan Tal­iban

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

KABUL—The US mil­i­tary has launched its first airstrikes against the Tal­iban in Afghanistan since Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s de­ci­sion ear­lier this month to ex­pand Amer­ica’s in­volve­ment against the in­sur­gents, US of­fi­cials said Satur­day.

Of­fi­cials said the strikes be­gan in the last week and were against Tal­iban tar­gets in the south­ern part of the country. But Pen­tagon press sec­re­tary Peter Cook de­clined to pro­vide any de­tails, cit­ing “op­er­a­tional se­cu­rity.”

One se­nior US of­fi­cial said there have been “a cou­ple” of airstrikes, but the US does not want to pro­vide more in­for­ma­tion be­cause there may be more strikes in that area, in­clud­ing mis­sions with Afghan forces who could be ac­com­pa­nied by US ad­vis­ers.

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